Winter in New York: What to do and what to visit

Our Guide to the Winter Events in The Big Apple

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Why visit New York in Winter

The answer is simple, because in winter New York knows how to become magical, if we then talk about the month of December and then visit New York during the Christmas holidays, you will find yourself excited as children, in front of the illuminated windows, in front of Christmas trees, big and small, which you will find in the squares and along the streets, to the Santa Claus and the many Christmas choirs. New York in December excites! It is true that the temperatures are lowered but ... let's see them month by month, and then we will see all the events that you will find in the Big Apple.

Climate, Temperatures and Average Precipitation in New York in December

The climate of New York in December: Temperatures in December reach an average of 6 ° 8 ° for the highs while the lows reach -1 ° -2 °. The snowfall is very probable, while the rain is usually poor the average is 9 days. Stay up to date with the Weather in New York.

What we recommend for the winter: The PASS for saving in New York

What to see in the month of December - Events December

The lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center  usually falls in late November, but for the entire month of December you can book to skate on the most famous skating rink in the world, or you can walk among the market stalls, enter Macy's to leave the letter to Santa, attend a show on Broadway, maybe Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Christmas Special. Many choirs and Christmas concerts.
  • Christmas markets: Columbus Circle, Bryant Park, Grand Central Terminal, Union Square
  • Musical Events: Unsilent Night in Washington Square Park, Concert for the Winter Solstice at St. John the Divine
  • Holiday Train Show at Botanical Garden of New York
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  • Hanukkah Celebrations and Menorah Lightnings: Both Manhattan and Brooklyn Grand Plazas are home to the world's largest Hanukkah Menorahs. On December 12th, Manhattan is lit in front of The Plaza Hotel (Fifth Avenue and 59th) while in Brooklyn at the Grand Plazas, generally the lighting starts at 5:30 pm.
  • Celebrate New Year's Eve in New York

Video: New York Christmas & The Snow

When the Christmas trees light up in New York

November - Rockefeller Center
December - Queens Botanical Garden
December - W. Harlem Piers Park
December - Central Park
November - Madison Square Park the lights come on for Erwin Redl's installation
November - Wall Street New York Stock Exchange
December - Park Avenue
November - South Street Seaport
December - Washington Square Park

Skating rinks: Where to skate in New York

@ Rockefeller Center
@ Central Park - Wollman Rink
@ Bryant Park
@ South Street Seaport

Special Holidays in New York:

January Weather: Precipitation and Average Temperatures in New York

With January and February the coldest months arrive, the average highs do not exceed 2 ° / 3 ° while for the low we have also very low peaks, clearly these are predictions based on statistics. If it is the two coldest months, the two months are still less rainy. The good side is that hotel rates are lowered and visiting New York becomes convenient.

What to see in January and February - Events January and February 

Immediately after the epiphany, but in some cases even before Christmas lights go out, but New York is still the city that never sleeps and always offers a lot. If the warmer seasons take you outdoors here is that New York in the winter from the maximum bringing you in the Museums, in the Theaters and in many places where to listen to good music.
  • Even if the temperatures are low in New York we celebrate the No pants on the subway the day in which most of the New Yorkers turn into underwear on the subway!
  • In January Martin Luther King is celebrated, there are many events throughout America.
  • Also in January, the Boat Show opens at the Javits Center.
  • Return The Restaurant Week - Winter Season!
  • February 14th Valentine's Day, chocolates, champagne cups, dinner cruises ....
  • For Opera lovers the Met Opera with the new program
  • In February, we have The Fashion Week
  • Chinese New Year in February with the Chinatown Parade

Video No pants on the subway

Visit New York in Winter, our tips:

What to do in New York during the winter months.
Think of all the museums, theaters, indoor markets that you can visit, sights such as the Observatories, the Immigration Museum at Ellis Island, even the Statue of Liberty you can visit and maybe go up to the crown. The walks can always be done, perhaps with a good cap (cup) of hot chocolate in hand ... after all in New York we all walk with something to drink, in any season, try one of the Starbucks Milk ... good warm, sweet and spicy!

How to dress

Warm and light jackets, sweaters, but also long-sleeved shirts, because when you will be inside the temperatures will be almost summer, comfortable shoes, hat and gloves, a parasol .. just in case. If you have some special evening remember to pack some elegant garments and for the ladies a scarf or shawl to dress over the dress

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